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Pope Francis expresses closeness to leprosy patients

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Pope Francis expresses closeness to leprosy patients

Vatican City, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis today expressed his closeness to leprosy patients, for who he asked for spiritual support and medical assistance at all times.
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In an exhortation, after concluding the Sunday Angelus prayer, the Supreme Pontiff pointed out that it is necessary to work together for the full integration of these people, overcoming the discrimination associated with a condition that affects many, especially in more depressed social contexts.

For his part, the interim prefect of the Department for the Service of Integral Human Development, Cardinal Michael Czerny, issued a statement in which he highlighted the incidence of leprosy globally, with a number of patients estimated between three and four million by the World Health Organization.

In this sense, he pointed out that 127 thousand new cases were reported in 2021, a significantly lower figure compared to the previous year, although he specified that the decrease can be attributed to a lower level of detection and information during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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